American Forests

The objectives of American Forests, publisher of American Forests magazine, are to help people plant and care for trees for ecosystem restoration and healthier communities.

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 1, Spring

1000 Trees for Texas
The "Lone Star State" may be getting a boost in the form of 1,000 favorite sons over the next few years. AMERICAN FORESTS is working to plant 1,000 offspring of the historic Treaty Oak in communities throughout Texas. These historic live oak trees will...
Calling the Lorax
From the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction file comes the story of Nebraska's budget woes and one proposal by the University of Nebraska to help it meet a state mandate to cut $41 million from its budget: Eliminate the state Forest Service.Nebraska's Forest...
Clean Gene Trees
Next spring, Richard Meagher plans to plant a new breed of trees in New Jersey and Indiana. The planting sites are contaminated with methylmercury, a toxic result of polluting shallow aquatic ecosystems with mercury. Meagher's University of Georgia research...
Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Environmental Movement
Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Environmental Movement, by Paul S. Sutter. $35.00 (c), University of Washington Press, 2002An automobile field trip at the 1934 annual meeting of the American Forestry Association (now...
Enchanted Partnerships
In New Mexico, a congressman's idea becomes a Forest Service program that inspires collaboration and protects local forests. Story and photos by Bryan FosterRuidoso, New Mexico, looks like a Swiss Family Robinson village-offices, stores, and houses are...
Federal Judge Pays for Cutting City Trees
Sometimes a room with a view comes with a high price-about a half-million dollars worth. This spring, a federal judge in Seattle, Washington, will pay $500,000 to restore Colman Park, where his gardener chopped down more than 120 trees last year to improve...
Forever Green; the History and Hope of the American Forest
FOREVER GREEN; The History and Hope of the American Forest, by Chuck Leavell with Mary Welch. $24.95, Longstreet Press, Atlanta GA. 2001.Here's a book with a pedigree. Written by renowned rock and roll keyboardist Chuck Leavell, with dust-cover accolades...
From Bad to Benefactor
For many years forest rangers waged a war against dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium sp.), a parasitic plant that attacks the towering evergreens of the American West. (Dwarf mistletoe is different from the leafy kind that lovers hang out under at Christmas.)...
Letters
TREES AS TROPHIESDeborah Gangloff: The corridors of American schools are lined with pale pine stilted trophy cases gathering dust. I know because with my 30 years of moving within the schools' systems I came [upon] those same dreary stilted cases with...
Memorials That Live On
Some good ideas should last for a lifetime. Here's an example of one that has.It was one of those incidents that remind us a good idea can last for generations-and should. I was at the Arlington County Courthouse in Virginia for a press conference with...
Night of the Spotted Salamanders
In Vermont, they call it "Big Night." Usually it comes just before income tax day, on the first rainy night when the temperature stays well above 40 degrees. That's when the spotted salamanders of northern New England put on their annual nocturnal show....
San Antonio: Ripples of Change
Armed with new information on the benefits of their urban trees, officials plan for a greener and more ecologically based future.San Antonio successfully straddles the line between historic relic and modern city. Tourists flock by the thousands to visit...
Scout Restores Living Memorial
Oaks in Tuscaloosa honor local men who died in WWI.To the residents of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the hefty oaks that line the town's University Boulevard are a familiar landmark. Until recently, however, most weren't aware of the trees' historical significance....
Spring Fancy
News from the world of TreesIt's spring, the time when people's minds turn to thoughts of. . . circumference, crown spread, height.That's right, it's Big Tree time again, and big tree hunters nationwide are out with tape measures and straight sticks...
The Star-Crossed Honeylocust
The story of the native honeylocust's (Gleditsia spp.) rise in America has more twists than a John Grisham novel. Also called the sweet locust, thorn tree, three-thorned acacia, and honey shucks, the tree seemed destined to be an agricultural star in...